King Mansa Mali: The Golden Age Of The Mali Empire

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King Mansa Musa was known for being the richest man in history. He took the throne from 1312 to 1337 and was the son of Sundiata. The 25 year reign was known as the “golden age of the Mali Empire. The empire stretched nearly 2,000 miles all way up to Lake Chad (Mohamed Bearrach, Meet Mansa Musa). The Empire was also known as the Mandingo. The kingdom had a large amount of gold from Bumbuk and Bure, salt mines of Taghaza and ivory. Mansa Musa achieved many goals such as expanding the trade routes, centralized control and most of all for the remarkable pilgrimage to Mecca in 1324. Which promoted Islam and encouraged education. On his journey he took camels, elephants and a lot of servants. Also, during the journey gold was passed out to everyone …show more content…
He was known to be sick as a child and wasn’t supposed to live. He ruled from 1235 to 1255. After the successful battle against King Soso and the Ghana Empire. The capital was established at the village of Niani. The Mali Empire emerged and included the Mandinke people (Cbs Solutions, Sundiata Keita Story). Leadership of the King was phenomenal and structured. He ran the Empire like a federation verses an absolute monarchy. The focus of Sundiata was to build a great empire whereas, Mansa developed the Islamic religion. The Niger town became a commercial center and a foundation for military conquest. As time passed everyone became aware of his policies and wealth. Around 1255 the empire was safe enough for Mansa to begin his pilgrimage to Mecca. Also, around that time Sundiata died from drowning. The location the incident happened a shrine was placed in memory. This is when King Mansa Musa took the throne. The word mansa has the meaning of King. He knew Arabic and had no problem being converted to Muslim. Mansa worked hard to strengthen the Empire, improved control and …show more content…
Each providence had a governor and the towns had a mayor. The tributes were in a form of rice, millet, arrows and lances (Lin Donn, Mansa Musa). The citizens of the Empire were taxed heavily. The religion of the Empire became Islam, however he allowed freedom of religion. He believed in the teachings and laws and tried to influence everyone. Around 1324 Mansa Musa started preparations for his journey to Mecca. Mecca was very far and it took several months to reach the destination (Ojbiwa, Ancient Africa). He traveled from Niani to Timbuktu, Sahara desert until he reached Cairo and then reached Mecca and Medina. Ibn Battuta was an important traveler and in 1352 to 1353 he wrote about the status of Islam and the civilization of the Mali (Constitution Rights Foundation, Ibn Battuata). He traveled a total of 75,000 miles. From Asia, North Africa, Middle East, Persia, India and the West Indies. His family consisted of scholars and judges who studied Sharia. The last stop of his journey was the Mali Empire. When he arrived, he disliked that the sexes weren’t segregated as this is what he was used to. Also, he was upset about the gifts he received during the visit.Ibn said people were spoken to with disgust. But he didn’t notice that Mansa had to please the common people (Constitution Rights Foundation, Ibn Battuta). He liked that the Empire expressed learning from the Korean heart. According to the written record

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